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Power Outages Hit Southern Missouri as Ice Wreaks Havoc on Utility Lines

Dave Herholz
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UPDATE 11:11 AM Sunday, Jan. 13:   According to the White River Valley Electric Co-op outage map, 187 members in Christian County and 72 members in Douglas County were still without power Sunday morning. 

Utility crews are working around the clock in southern Missouri to restore power to more than one thousand homes and businesses that lost electricity during this weekend’s winter storm.

As of Saturday morning, the White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., which serves Ozark, Taney, Stone, Christian, and Douglas Counties, said in a Facebook post that 1,400 members were without power.

“We have brought in crews from around the area to help but the weather hasn’t let up,” the co-op posted online Saturday.

Ice-laden trees have fallen on some power lines, the co-op is reporting.

Members of the White River Valley Electric Co-op may report outages to the 24-hour reporting line at 417-335-9333 or toll-free at (800) 695-0056.   The co-op is also updating its Facebook page periodically.

As of Saturday morning, roughly 25 percent of its members in Douglas County alone were without power. You can track the outages here.

Farther east, in south-central Missouri, Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. is reminding its members through its website that outages can be reported to its 24 hour dispatch.  Members can call Howell-Oregon dispatch at 417-256-2131 or at 1-888-HOE-POWER.   Members can also report outages through a website you can reach by clicking here.

Mark Burchfield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said there were two areas in the Ozarks that received the most impactful accumulations of snow and ice.

“One area was from the Truman Lake area, through to Lake of the Ozarks, and over to Rolla—those areas saw anywhere from two to seven inches of snow,” Burchfield said.

Farther south, he said, a lot of rain fell – one to two inches in some places – and that many south-central Missouri counties are struggling with ice accumulation.

“East of Springfield—like Douglas County, toward Ava, or Mountain Grove and parts of Christian County around Sparta—they received more ice,” Burchfield said.

Some of those areas may have received higher than a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation, he said.

Safety experts remind residents to stay away from downed power lines.